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Old 01-30-2013, 01:43 AM   #11
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After the milky brown beer I asked the guy at the LHBS. He said they should be submerged in boiling water to sanitize. The batch before that one was a IIPA at 11% and he said that more than likely the high abv killed anything in that batch. The milky brown batch was around 5. I should mention that the milky brown batch I dry hopped in the keg. After not dry hopping for over a year and then coming back to it I am a little hesitant to do brews that need it. I have just tossed them in a carboy before but I couldn't stand to see them just sitting on top of the beer so now I put them in a hop sack with a whiskey glass so it sinks. Also I've bought hops from the store and found long strands of human hair sealed half in the bag and half outside of it. They get the hops wholesale and package them for resale in the shop. I've also noticed most of the bags are full of air. Some I them are vacuum sealed though. Anyways thanks for the info. Ill try not to sweat it and just trust the hops
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:47 AM   #12
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Sounds like your LHBS just isn't good with hops. Order them online from a trustworthy source.
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I always dry hop in keg/secondary. Sanitize a muslin bag, add a sanitized ss or glass weight along with hops pellets,(different bag for pellets) or whole leaf. Works great for a corny keg. Bags help keep leaves or pellets out of the keg valve. Also the weight keeps the hops next to the liquid out tube. Intense blast of hops! Most of the time the hops spend over a month in the keg....never had a problem even dry hopping with home grown hops. cheers!

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Old 01-30-2013, 03:52 PM   #14
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Milky brown... When dry hopping in the keg i have noticed that beers tend to be cloudier. Did these hops actually darken your beer or just cloud?
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:07 PM   #15
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Milky brown... When dry hopping in the keg i have noticed that beers tend to be cloudier. Did these hops actually darken your beer or just cloud?
They can add pectins to the beer that make it cloudy. Oscar Blue's Put out a beer that is dry hopped to the limit and they beer is cloudy.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:33 PM   #16
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i opened this thread thinking i was nutso
glad to see i'm doing it right just dumpin em in
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:25 PM   #17
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Milky brown... When dry hopping in the keg i have noticed that beers tend to be cloudier. Did these hops actually darken your beer or just cloud?
It went from a normal looking golden IPA to chocolate milk and tasted and smelled horrible.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:36 PM   #18
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Yeah, from what you described, I'd find a new hops supplier... Sounds like your LHBS is not handling the hops at all correctly. They should be coming in sealed pouches from the manufacturer - some are vacuum sealed, some are purged with Nitrogen or some other inert gas that will not spoil them. But human hair? That'd end it for me.

I've dry hopped by just dumping the hops in, and also by sanitizing a muslin bag, dumping the hops into that, and dumping the bag in. I preferred the result I got from letting the hops float free.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:47 PM   #19
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He said they should be submerged in boiling water to sanitize
No, no, no. Don't listen to him, ever. Trust me, I'm from the internet.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:59 PM   #20
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80% of what I brew is dry hopped. Always dumped in and never in bags of any kind. Pellets, whole cones, plugs whatever and never an issue like yours. If you feel the need to bag hops, you need to sanitize the bags only and boil for 15 minuets and then place the raw hops in the bags. Our local Brew Shop advises against anyone dry hopping with bags as bags are the ussual source of problems at that stage.
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